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The Crab & Lobster

West Sussex, United Kingdom

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The Premises 

This 16th-century inn on the West Sussex coast has classic rustic-chic looks and a fantastic location overlooking Pagham Harbour and the bird sanctuary. The Crab & Lobster is cosy, welcoming and has all the ingredients you need for a perfect pub stay: flagstone floors and fireplaces, squishy leather sofas, great food, and super-comfy rooms to retire to.

The Crab & Lobster

Mill Lane, Sidlesham West Sussex, PO20 7NBUnited Kingdom


Compliments of the House 

A bottle of house wine on arrival

At the Hotel 

CHECK-OUT: 11am; earliest check-in, 2pm.
Rates include breakfast. Two-night minimum stay at weekends. (Rates increase on bank holidays and during Goodwood events).


Small garden, car park. In rooms, flatscreen TV, DVD/CD player iPod dock sound system, free WiFi and broadband internet connection, Noble Isle bath products.


Binoculars for birdspotting; vintage finery for Goodwood Revival; jelly shoes for walking along West Wittering's pebbly beach.


Pets unfortunately cannot be accommodated. A three-night minimum stay applies during the Festival of Speed and the Goodwood Revival, as well as over Bank Holiday weekends.
Self-contained Crab cottage has two double rooms and can be booked for £220 a night Sunday to Thursday or £250 a night at weekends (add £30 a night for each guest after the first two).


There is a minimum stay of two nights during weekends and three nights over bank holidays.


Standard rooms 2 and 3 are smaller, but have large baths with rain-showers. The Deluxe rooms are slightly larger and have lovely views over Pagham Harbour; room 1 has a bath tub; up in the eaves, wooden-beamed room 4 has a walk-in shower (but may not be the best for beanpoles, thanks to its low ceilings).

Food & Drink 

Unforgettable Features 

With flagstone floors and specials chalked on blackboards in trad-pub fashion, the Crab & Lobster's Modern British menu focuses on locally landed fish and locally reared meats. Look out for the Selsey crab and sardines caught on the south coast.

Liquid Bliss 

Perch with a pint on dark-leather stools at the polished-pine and brick bar, or cosy up with a bottle of wine in a pair of leather bucket chairs.

Experience the Extraordinary 

You're spoilt for choice here; go for a lazy amble round Pagham Harbour, spotting fantastically named birds such as wigeon, ruff, godwits and knots (plus a few common or garden gulls). For a bit of fresh sea air, a short drive will get you to the shingly shores of Selsey and the Witterings, to Chichester Harbour, or little village harbours, including Bosham. Goodwood Estate is only 20 minutes by car; as well as a year-round events programme (horse power of all kinds being a theme), there's a golf course and spa. Petrol heads and adrenalin junkies are also catered for, with flying lessons and track days. Check out the Breakfast Club motor meetings on the first Sunday of the month from March to November, and follow up with a peek into the Duke of Richmond's Regency pile.



Southampton airport is 30 miles away and roughly 45 minutes by car and train. From here, you can grab a cab or collect your hire car.


Chichester station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. Southern ( runs a service directly from London Victoria in roughly an hour and a half.


The drive from Chichester shouldn't take more than 25 minutes along the A27. The A3 will get you to and from London.


Mill Lane, Sidlesham West Sussex, PO20 7NBUnited Kingdom

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